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Flower Mandalas: Looking for a Few Good Stories....

Sent November 7th 2014

Looking for a Few Good Stories.... I've recently started blogging on the transformative power of misfortune. Instead of mining the stories of history, fiction, or my own life, I'd like to include, on my Beliefnet.com blog Flower Mandalas, the triumphs over adversity of people today. It would be terrific if some of you on this list could tell your stories, either as guest posts on the blog or, if  you prefer to be anonymous, as emails sent to me and anonymously folded into future Flower Mandalas ...

Flower Mandalas: "Will: Break on through"

Sent February 6th 2014

NOTE: This is the first draft of the "Will" essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Will: Break on through Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder There are many ways psychotherapists can help people. We can provide validation, emotional support, help formulate goals, encourage, motivate, identify dysfunctional patterns, devise strategies for overcoming them, and sometimes even inspire. But often, to fully surmount difficulties, there is a deci...

Flower Mandalas: "Uniqueness: Blooming"

Sent January 30th 2014

NOTE: This is the first draft of the "Uniqueness" essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief.   Uniqueness: Blooming Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder Recently, I had the relatively rare experience of having a movie introduce me to a new way of looking at things. The central idea of Martin Scorcese’s /Hugo/ explicitly emerges midway through the film, but it’s implicit in every frame: Just as, in a machine, there are no "extra" ...

Flower Mandalas Uncertainty: Negative capability

Sent January 25th 2014

NOTE: This is the first draft of the "Uncertainty" essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Uncertainty: Negative capability Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder Perhaps the greatest fear I run across as a therapist is fear of uncertainty. This fear is great because it is so vague and encompassing. We are uncertain about how people see us; what will happen next in our relationships, the economy, the climate; how a meeting with our boss will g...

Flower Mandalas: Trust: Experienced Innocence

Sent January 6th 2014

NOTE: This is the first draft of the "Trust" essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief. Trust: Experienced Innocence Copyright 2014 David J. Bookbinder When I was in Boy Scouts, we all had to memorize the Scout Law: "A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent." Even back then, it seemed significant that "trustworthy" was first on the list. Trus...

Flower Mandalas: Help me choose the 4-5 best essays!

Sent December 23rd 2013

Dear Readers, I'm planning to enter an essay/memoir contest and need to choose 4-5 of the Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas essays from the 58 I've written so far. If any of you have particular essays you remember liking more than others, I'd love to hear about it, as I have no objectivity with them. Here's a link to the whole collection: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas on WattPad Please email me with your preference or preferences. Thanks, as always, for your support. David Buy Flower Mandala prints and cards: Flower Mandala p...

Flower Mandalas: Suffering: So it goes

Sent December 22nd 2013

NOTE: This is the first draft of the "Suffering" essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief.Suffering: So it goesCopyright 2013 David J. BookbinderHelen Keller once said that the world is full of suffering, but also of the overcoming of it. But it is also full of suffering that is unrelieved. I have thought about suffering most of my life. When I was much younger, I wanted to be a psychotherapist, but I didn’t think I could bear the sufferin...

Flower Mandalas: Image Licensing (and prints!)

Sent December 9th 2013

CONTACT David J. Bookbinder         •         85 Constitution Lane         •         Danvers, MA 01923 phone: 978-395-1292      •      licensing@flowermandalas.org      •      fax: 978-927-3018 www.flowermandalas.org ...

Flower Mandalas: Choice: Repatterning

Sent December 6th 2013

NOTE: This is the first draft of the "Choice" essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief.Choice: RepatterningCopyright 2013 David J. BookbinderNOTE: The opinions expressed in the following joke do not represent those held by The Management. So, there is this joke about two lawyers./ /One of them is walking out of a bank when he sees an old lady a little ways ahead of him, fumbling with her purse while trying to stay balanced on her cane. Eve...

Flower Mandalas: "Stillness: Bells and watches"

Sent November 29th 2013

NOTE: This is the first draft of the "Stillness" essay in my forthcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. Responses and comments welcome, no matter how brief.Stillness: Bells and watchesCopyright 2013 David J. BookbinderAt a meditation retreat I attended years ago, I was introduced to the concept of the Mindfulness Bell. At apparently random times throughout each day, a monk or nun would sound a bell, and we all had to halt what we were doing and take three slow, deep, abdominal breaths. We stopped in mid-se...

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